Business, Flip Flippen - Thursday, June 9, 2011 9:00 - 9 Comments
Most people only live a fraction of their potential. You do what you CAN do… but are you doing what you COULD do? I know that sounds like a tongue twister but read over it again, slowly. Most people do what they CAN do, but not what they COULD do. Most people accomplish what they can accomplish and are usually satisfied with that. But there is a whole other world of possibilities out there that most of us don’t even let ourselves think about.
The larger question we need to ask ourselves is: Can we reach a greater potential than we have ever imagined?
In fact, if you stop and think about it, What could you do? I mean if you weren’t afraid to fail, or if you decided to quit coming up with reasons to not do something, what COULD you actually accomplish?
As a psychotherapist I was always intrigued by Continue…
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